Climate, Labor, and a Just Transition
The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy is a non-profit, public interest law firm and justice center with a mission to build, serve and advocate for structural shifts that promote equity in law, society and community. GCCLP envisions social, economic and political systems throughout the Gulf Coast that promote equity and justice for all people.
Our work spans the Gulf South states, namely: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas. We believe the basis of genuine, systematic and transformative solutions that tackle the real causes of inequity in the Gulf South must be rooted in restorative justice and human rights. Our programs, services and trainings start at the intersection of Climate Justice, Migrant Rights, Land Sovereignty and Economic Opportunity for communities on the frontlines of climate change.
Through human rights-based legal services, community training, local leadership development and grassroots advocacy, GCCLP works to create structural balances in aliance with marginalized communities of the Gulf South. GCCLP’s programmatic work and community campaigns emerge from the front lines of coastal communities on the frontlines of climate change. GCCLP contributes a southern perspective on issues that have national impact and global influence.
May 1st, 2016
While it may seem odd at first, climate change and labor rights are intimately related. Many of the drivers of climate change, such as extractive economies and means of production, also drive social and economic inequality. The unregulated consumption-oriented and socially unjust economic model under which the (now globalized) world operates is at the root of the world’s food, energy, climate, finance and economic crises. It is imperative that we recognize that we need a systematic change to the economic system that generated these social and environmental crises.
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